Last Friday night, Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University, addressed the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino. He said: "I've always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them. . . . I just wanted … [Read more...] about Falwell Does Not Speak For This Christian
In case you missed the story of Antoinette Tuff, Here it is from NPR. A 20-year old man, armed with assault weapons, entered a school building full of children. He encountered Antoinette Tuff, who was the school clerk. She called 911, and then she handled the situation, but in a most unusual … [Read more...] about God Bless Antoinette Tuff
I knew it was going to be a special worship service when I heard the Introit, a stunning rendition of I Ain't Gonna Study War No More (by our bass soloist, Bob McDonald). Last Sunday we had a guest preacher at Western Presbyterian, the Rev. Jim Atwood, who is passionate about the cause of ending … [Read more...] about A Litany to End Gun Violence
Today I invoked some of the freedoms which I enjoy under the First Amendment: The freedom to peaceably assemble. The freedom to petition. The freedom to speak. Do you remember the other two freedoms? If you do, you go to the head of the class! Few people can recite our five freedoms. Our reason to … [Read more...] about One Voice from the “March for Gun Control” January 26, 2013
After the school shooting in Newtown, CT, there is much talk about mental illness. It's an important topic, and one our nation needs to address, both through dialogue, and through regulation. I'd like to state two assumptions -- then raise the issue of language. Assumption #1) Most people do NOT … [Read more...] about Mental Illness — Ingrown Toenail vs. Gangrene?